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Somalia’s Southwest State Ready For Upcoming Lower House Elections – FIEIT Chairman

Somalia’s Southwest State Ready For Upcoming Lower House Elections – FIEIT Chairman

he Chairman of the Federal Indirect Electoral Implementation Team (FIEIT), Mr. Omar Mohamed Abdulle, has expressed confidence in the electoral preparations of the southwest state. The FIEIT chairman, accompanied by his team, spoke during an assessment mission to the southwest administrative town of Baidoa, on Sunday. “The visit is part of a series of other […]

AMISOM and UNOCHA hold first Regional Civil-Military Working Group meeting in Baidoa

AMISOM and UNOCHA hold first Regional Civil-Military Working Group meeting in Baidoa

African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) have held the first Regional Civil-Military Working Group meeting in Baidoa to discuss humanitarian facilitation challenges in Bay, Bakool and Gedo regions. The participants were drawn from local and international non-governmental organizations (NGO), UN agencies based in Baidoa […]

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY URGES FEDERAL MEMBER STATE LEADERS TO MEET DEADLINE FOR ELECTION OF UPPER HOUSE

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY URGES FEDERAL MEMBER STATE LEADERS TO MEET DEADLINE FOR ELECTION OF UPPER HOUSE

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY URGES FEDERAL MEMBER STATE LEADERS TO MEET DEADLINE FOR ELECTION OF UPPER HOUSE  In meetings over the past several days, the United Nations, African Union, Ethiopia, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Italy, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States have received reassurances from the leaders of the existing and emerging federal member states […]

NEW ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING INAUGURATED IN BAIDOA.

NEW ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING INAUGURATED IN BAIDOA.

A new, multi-purpose building for use by the Interim South West Administration’s (ISWA) ministry of planning and international cooperation has been inaugurated in Baidoa. The facility, which comprises a conference center and administrative offices, will also be used as a major hub for activities related to the 2016 electoral process.  Voting seats in the lower […]

The Right to Freedom of Expression: Striving to Widen Democratic Space in Somalia’s Political Transition

The Right to Freedom of Expression: Striving to Widen Democratic Space in Somalia’s Political Transition

This joint report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) focuses on the right to freedom of opinion and expression in Somalia in the context of the country’s democratic transition. The report assesses progress since 2012 and the challenges to […]

FACT SHEET ON SOMALIA’S 2016 ELECTORAL PROCESS

FACT SHEET ON SOMALIA’S 2016 ELECTORAL PROCESS

The contents of this fact sheet are drawn from decisions that were reached about the electoral process during last year’s series of nationwide consultations about electoral model options and subsequent meetings of the National Leadership Forum. These decisions are contained in the Mogadishu Declaration of the National Consultative Forum issued on 16 December 2015 and […]

East Timor Crocodile Farm Angers Locals

East Timor Crocodile Farm Angers Locals

The East Timorese government is planning to open a crocodile farm on an island where many view the animal as sacred. The aim of the move is to stop an increasing number of people being killed by crocodiles, which has seen a rise since culls ended in 2002. But the plan goes against deeply held […]

AU Soldier in Somalia Sentenced for Selling Military Supplies

AU Soldier in Somalia Sentenced for Selling Military Supplies

The sentence is notable as the first time a soldier with the AU mission, AMISOM, has been publicly prosecuted in Somalia, and a rare example of soldier being punished for selling guns and ammunition, a common practice among both AMISOM and Somali National Army soldiers. The Ugandan soldier, Major Pop Francis Origi, was one of […]

Two Explosions Rock Somali Town of Baidoa

Two Explosions Rock Somali Town of Baidoa

Two huge explosions Sunday rocked the center of the Somali town of Baidoa, 245 kilometers west of Mogadishu, killing at least 21 people and injuring 60 others, medical officials told Ishabaydhaba. The first blast was caused by a car filled with explosives that was detonated in a busy street near Baidoa Hotel and other business […]

Standing on the Ashes: The Somali South-West State

Standing on the Ashes: The Somali South-West State

Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, the President of the Interim South-West Administration (ISWA) in Somalia, is deliberately stemming the natural growth of the nascent federated state by employing “qaraabaysi” (nepotism), patronage, and misuse of public funds. After two decades of civil war, followed by years of Al-Shabaab domination, the region is still in financial and political […]

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